Thursday, June 05, 2008

Our own MLB draft

With the first pick in the 2008 mediocre 1990's MLB player draft, D.O. selects...

Sid Bream, 1B, Atlanta Braves!

And thus began our own MLB draft. In honor of today's Major League Baseball amateur player draft, we decided to have a little draft of our own. Four teams, 11 rounds, 44 mediocre players from the 90's. Every pick was like a little surprise, some guys you were expecting to be picked, some guys you had totally forgotten about, and some that we could never forget. And then we picked managers.

The draft started with the great Sid Bream, and the first round continued with Eddie Taubensee, Jeff Reboulet, and Mark Lemke. Mr. Irrelevant? Chris Sabo. We did this fantasy draft style, fishtailing back and forth. It made us laugh, and we hope you also. The basic rules were: The player had to play the bulk of their career in the 90's. They had to be good enough to be an everyday player for at least a few years, but not good enough to be considered actually good. Two All-Star appearances? Probably too good for this draft. They had to be somewhat recognizable, and they hopefully would make the other people laugh when they saw the pick. We think we did a pretty good job.

Below is the list of our teams, take a look. First names link to baseball-reference pages. Last names to pictures.

D.O.:
C: Ron Karkovice
1B: Sid Bream
2B: Mickey Morandini
3B: Steve Buechele
SS: Gary DiSarcina
OF: Jim Eisenreich
OF: Brian McRae
OF: Joe Orsulak
SP: Danny Darwin
RP: Mel Rojas
Util: Tony Eusebio
Manager: Jim Fregosi

Adam:
C: Eddie Taubensee
1B: John Jaha
2B: Delino DeShields
3B: Craig Paquette
SS: Benji Gil
OF: Pete Incaviglia
OF: Andy Van Slyke
OF: Devon White
SP: Cal Eldred
RP: Heathcliff Slocumb
Util: Pat Mears
Manager: Cito Gaston

JMC:
C: Damon Berryhill
1B: David Segui
2B: Jeff Reboulet
3B: Charlie Hayes
SS: Pat Listach
OF: Bernard Gilkey
OF: Lance Johnson
OF: B.J. Surhoff
SP: Bob Tewksbury
RP: Bobby Thigpen
Util: Joey Cora
Manager: Hal McRae (purely for this)

Zach:
C: Chris Hoiles
1B: Rico Brogna
2B: Mark Lemke
3B: Ed Sprague
SS: Tim Bogar
OF: Mike Devereaux
OF: Ron Gant
OF: Al Martin
SP: Doug Drabek
RP: Rick Aguilera
Util: Chris Sabo
Manager: Rene Lachemann

For the full run down of picks 1-44 and by team and round, look here. And now let the debate begin: who has the best team? Who had the best draft strategy? What pick was the best value? Funniest name? Most obscure player? Let's hear it in the comments.

Who has the best mediocre 90's team?
D.O.
Adam
JMC
Zach
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74 comments:

rstiles said...

I like DO's pick of Sid Bream...he can always use him late in the game as a pinch runner...

The steal of the draft was Chris Sabo...I loved Sabo!!!

GMoney said...

Come on, Zach, Gant, Aguilera, and Sabo probably were too good to qualify for this.

No Rob Deer? Dan Pasqua? Mike LaValliere?

Love the Tony Eusebio inclusion for some reason.

GMoney said...

Someone really dropped the ball by not taking Benny Agbayani.

Ryan said...

Like 2 years ago, this was a pretty intense little game that me and a few friends developed. We called it the Danny Tartabull game. I was disappointed when I didn't see him on your teams.

JMC said...

yeah there were definitely some good guys we didn't take, such as tartabull and agbayani. I would have snatched Agbayani in a second if I had thought of him.

The Big Picture said...

for some reason i loved the gant pick -- no one else really did. maybe i just had a secret crush on those braves teams.

ALS said...

I had Tartabull on my queue. Took DeVo instead.

THE GIANTS ARE ON THE CLOCK!

Anonymous said...

mike devereaux! awesome.

JMC said...

zach took mike devereaux one pick before I was gonna take him, bastard!

NFL Adam said...

DiSar was the man. The Angels would have won the World Series in 1995 if he had not gotten hurt.

Anonymous said...

No Ben Macdonald? He was supposed to be "the next big thing". Or, even Jim Abbott for that matter. Hell, either one of them could throw to Tony Pena. I was glad to see Delino Deshields on there. Classic.

Anonymous said...

I thought back to the guys I didn't really know about who seemed to appear on many of my baseball cards. Here's a team of leftovers:

C:Kirt Manwaring
1b:Paul Sorrento
2b:Mariano Duncan
3b:Dave Magadan
ss:Rey Sanchez
of:Darren Lewis
of:Ray Lankford
of:Tony Tarasco
sp:Mark Portugal
rp:Ricky Bottalico
util:Orlando Merced
manager:Butch Hobson

Bokolis said...

JMC has the best team, but Zach and his pitching staff of ringers shuts down all others in an one-off game.

Drabek won a Cy Young and had six seasons of ERA of 3.08 or better. That's not mediocre.

Aguilera the starter is decidedly mediocre. Aguilera the releiver was better than mediocre. I'll bet you Drabek wishes he had Aguilera- so does Bonds- to close Game 7 of the 1992 NLCS. I think the Pirates had Stan Belinda or some shit, which is why a spent Drabek had to come out for the 9th.

The team right above this comment; now THAT'S mediocre.

als said...

careful how you talk about Kirt Manwaring and Darren Lewis, Bokolis. They ARE NOT mediocre players. (Ok, maybe they were very mediocre and that's why the Giants lost 90 games for a few seasons with them. Darn).

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